Crashed plane found in Fryingpan Valley
BASALT ” Searchers found an airplane Wednesday that crashed in the upper Fryingpan Valley drainage, according to the Eagle County Sheriff’s Office.
A single-engine Cessna 182 was spotted on a ridge just east of Josephine Lake in the Holy Cross Wilderness. The plane was spotted from the air shortly after noon. Aircraft from the Civil Air Patrol and National Guard had searched in vain throughout the morning.
“The National Guard deemed the crash unsurvivable,” said a statement from the sheriff’s office said.
The pilot was the sole occupant of the aircraft. The plane left Rocky Mountain Metro Airport in Jefferson County at about 2:45 p.m. Tuesday. The last radar contact with the plane was at about 3:30 p.m. Tuesday in the area of Josephine Lake and Carter Lake, about 8 miles east-northeast of Thomasville and roughly 40 miles east of Basalt.
The pilot’s name hasn’t been released.
A helicopter will drop a two- or three-member team from West Eagle County Search and Rescue as close to the site as possible, according to Cleve Williams, a member of that team. The helicopter was scheduled to shuttle the crew at about 2:30 p.m.
This story will be updated as details become available.
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